Activities and Opportunities
There are an enviable amount of travel activities for students studying in Aix-en-Provence.
Marseilles, the Mediterranean and the Maritime Alps are only an hour away, and Nice, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Saint Tropez, Paris, Milan, Rome and Geneva are all within one day of travel, perfect for a weekend trip. Many courses include trips in their curriculum; many others are organized by IAU College staff. Students are also encouraged to strike out on their own and explore their new surroundings.
Provence is known for its sunny, temperate and generally dry climate, so sunshine and outdoor activities abound. Beaches, hiking, skiing in the nearby alps, traveling to European destinations, as well as cinema and theatre, museums, lectures and concerts are just some of the possible activities for students.
Students enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to participate in language partner and volunteer programs, as well as additional excursions, field trips and cultural activities.
Home stays: Students are generally housed in the homes of French host families, though independent living arrangements can be made when necessary. Living in a French home is considered the best form of housing because it provides an immediate introduction to life in this new place.
Host families come from a cross-section of society; they belong to no particular professional or social milieu, but all are carefully chosen and many have hosted American students for several years.
The homestay option offers students room and half board. Daily continental breakfasts and five dinners a week are taken in the student's French home. Students are responsible for lunches. There is a multitude of affordable cafés, brasseries, small sandwich and grocery shops from which to choose. Many other food markets are available around town during the week.
Bed, linen, pillow and blankets, are provided, and the room is cleaned weekly. Students must bring their own towels, and they are provided with one machine load of wash each week.
Housing costs for the homestay are $4580 for the fall and spring sessions and $1645 for the summer.
Those IAU College students who wish to live in independent lodgings for dietary or other reasons shold be aware that these are in limited supply and often can only be arranged upon the student's arrival in Aix. Students are ultimately responsible for locating their own lodgings, arranging the terms of the rental, and handling all related issues. In addition, IAU College offers its own regional excursions, and students are strongly encouraged to participate. These excursions provide excellent opportunities to see and learn more about other places in the south of France. There are an enviable amount of travel activities for students studying in Aix-en-Provence.
"This is a first-time eye-opening experience! I have made wonderful friends. I find the program exciting, the staff helpful, and I have learned a lot, especially about myself!"
- Alan Houot, Washington State University
"Last year I studied in a program in a French university. In Aix, there is a difference in organization, courses and activities. At the CCIS program at IAU, I feel very secure in knowing that if I ever have a problem, there will be several people willing and able to help. I feel that the courses themselves are challenging. Overall, a wonderful experience in a wonderful place. IAU staff are very helpful and patient. "
- Brian Crookes, University of Rhode Island
"I came to Aix. I spoke French. My ideas became realities and experience became my teacher. I am ready to never stop traveling!"
- Alexander Friend, Colorado State University